Alan Lomax

World Library of Folk and Primitive Music, Vol. XVII: Romania

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Nestled in between Hungary and Serbia on its western border, and Moldova and the Black Sea on its eastern border, is the country of Romania. A Roman province beginning in about 100 AD, the country has been overrun by barbarian hordes, converted to Eastern Orthodox Christianity, occupied by Nazis, ruled by the Communists, and -- since 1989 -- on board for capitalism's bumpy ride. Reflecting Romania's mercurial history is its brilliantly eclectic musical heritage. On World Library of Folk & Primitive Music, Vol. 6: Romania a cross-section of this eclecticism of sounds is presented. Its 35 tracks offer up ritual music, dance music, pastoral music, and more. Originally recorded between 1934 and 1957 by many an ethnomusicologist working for the Archive of the Folklore Institute, Bucharest, the collection was compiled and edited by Tiberiu Alexandru, and in 1960 by Alan Lomax for Columbia Records. In its contemporary digitized form it is being re-released by Rounder. From a stentorian overture on a gargantuan Transylvanian horn, known as a tulnic, to a whimsical final cut featuring pan-piper Fanica Luca soloing over the stylized folk arrangements of the Barbu Lautaru Orchestra, each selection is played by expert musicians. The touching love ditties, animated dance tunes, epic songs, and religious melodies that round out this exceptional CD all offer portals into Romania's distant musical worlds, captured before the ubiquitous onslaught of globalization.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
feat: Ioana Bud
1:03
2
0:59
3
1:53
4
0:50
5
1:11
6
0:28
7
0:57
8
2:15
9
2:58
10
1:05
11
0:48
12
feat: Moise Zepa
1:10
13
feat: Florea Netcu
1:13
14
1:41
15
0:59
16
2:13
17
2:25
18
feat: Maria Sas
1:24
19
1:08
20
1:29
21
1:30
22
3:18
23
feat: Maria Precup
1:18
24
7:51
25
3:17
26
1:32
27
1:17
28
feat: Maria Taut
2:06
29
2:10
30
1:55
31
2:00
32
1:32
33
feat: Ionel Dinicu
2:53
34
2:24
35
feat: Fanica Luca
2:19
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